Yes, if read by the original actor (who was great).
I don't think you can compare Dexter books to anything but other Dexter books. If you enjoy one you will probably enjoy them all to varying degrees.
Authors should not read their own stories unless they happen to be professional actors as well. Unfortunately Jeff's amateur performance ruined this book, I would recommend avoiding this audio book completely.
I couldn't get past the terrible performance.
Keep these Author's giant ego's in check and tell them they are not qualified to read their own books. We pay money for these audiobooks and deserve a professional quality performance, not some egomaniac author who doesn't care if his fans get their money's worth.
Normally I don't like it when authors attempt to narrate their own audiobooks, because authors generally do not have acting skills. But, in the case of "Dexter Is Delicious," Jeff Lindsay has done a surprisingly good job, giving the characters different voices and accents, and conveying their emotions well. He maybe doesn't have the most beautiful voice in the world, but that small quibble doesn't justify docking a star from my rating. As always with the Dexter books, "Dexter Is Delicious" entertains. I mean -- let's face it -- all the Dexter stories require suspension of disbelief and a sense of humor for complete enjoyment. With "Dexter Is Delicious," I fear Lindsay may have painted himself into a corner, because, thanks to the birth of his daughter, Dexter seems to be morphing into a ... human? Thankfully, at the end of the audiobook, we learn that our old friend, the monster Dexter -- the dark passenger -- is still fully functioning within Dexter 2.0. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series: Will the two versions of Dexter co-habitate amicably? Or will an inevitable power struggle ensue? Stay tuned.
This latest installment of the Dexter series has some good things in it. The development of Rita and the children are quite good. However, I feel like Deborah has devolved into this entity who cannot think for herself and simply curses and hits because that's all she can do. And Jeff Lindsay is an excellent author but he should stick to the writing as opposed to the narration. It just didn't have the spark the other narrator provided. I'd call it so-so at best.
I have to disagree with the other reviewers. I loved listening to this story as read by the author. I thought he gave every irony the perfect tone. In fact, this is the first Dexter book I've read/listened to (I am a fan of the TV series) and am a tad scared of listening to others not read by him.
As for the story: funny, macabre. Perfect Dexter!
Thank you Jeff Lindsay for another great Dexter tale.
I've just finished listening to it and your rendering of your work is great! I always feel it's a treat when an author reads his/her work.
I can't wait for the next installment, but I have to, so...happy writing!
I should state that I am not really sure how good the story is or isn't -- the reader is so awful that I had a really hard time paying attention to the story or caring about any of the characters. That is very sad because I have adored every one of the Dexter books up until this one. I tried searching to see if the old reader had also performed this book but to no avail.
I really am interested in hearing more about Dexter and his new baby but the reader is so horrendous I may just go buy the paper book. His renditions of female characters - Rita, Deborah, Astor are about equivalent to nails on a chalkboard. I'm hoping that Audible will bring the old reader back and maybe have him do a reading of this and the next book so I can find out what happens... Until then, I guess I'm off to another series. A real shame.
Nick Landrum did an amazing job as a storyteller! I loved the way he read ever character, making them come alive just by the way he expressed the words! Now with Lindsey...I feel like he is rushing the whole story. When he describes something or he is playing out a character sometimes he can somewhat capture the scene. While other times I feel like he is just bored and scrambling to get all the words out. I would have enjoyed this much more if the had recast Landrum as the narrator. Overall the book was well written and Lindsey as a writer always entertains me with his alliterations, puns and witty sayings!
The Dexter series was loosing its fun but its back with this book. Dexter is funnier than ever and a member of his family coming back into the picture adds fun. This Dexter is not the same as the one on TV. This one has to often be rescued, is not as tough a fighter, and is quirkier but he is much funnier. Jeff Lindsay reads his own book and he's good at it.
I am a big fan of the Dexter show, thought i'd give one of the novels a try. The characters in the novels are clearly slightly different people -- but that's okay. Dexter is still a very interesting character here. Deb is not quite as fleshed out or likable a person in the novel as she is in the series. However, my basic problem with this is the plot. It's just not as interesting, reflective, frightening, or clever as the show. I saw every twist coming from MILES off. Respect to Jeff Lindsay, he's created a great character, and he does an admirable job as narrator, but the characters in this novel drive THROUGH the plot, as opposed to driving the plot forwards. The characters do the things they must to move them from one situation to the next, as opposed to having characters work against each other, which is what makes the show interesting.
Don't get me wrong, Jeff Lindsay is a decent reader. Sometimes I REALLY like it when an author reads their work but Nick Landrum is the voice of Dexter if you have been following this series. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first three.